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pastel painting

End of Kinney Road – pastel painting of a road through the Manistee National Forest

End of Kinney Road, 9×6″ pastel painting of a road in the Manistee National Forest. ©Marie Marfia. Available $110.

End of Kinney Road

This is a pastel painting about the bright light at the end of Kinney Road, which is a place that I love to walk with my dogs in the mornings.

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Marie Marfia, That's the Mustard, acrylic on canvas, 6x6"

That’s the Mustard

Marie Marfia, That's the Mustard, acrylic on canvas, 6x6"
That’s the Mustard, acrylic on canvas, 6×6″

That’s the Mustard

Clearly I need more practice at this! I watched a video about blending, which I didn’t really need to do any for this painting of a field of mustard that’s on my way to work (or home, depending). I was drawn to paint the field because it glows yellow green right now and I wanted to capture that. I don’t think I did, really, so I tried it a couple of times with pastels and still not really there for me. Oh well. I’ll keep plugging away at it. Maybe when I look at it again tomorrow it will seem better than it does today. This happens to me a lot.

In other news

Hey, at least I’ve licked my picture hanging system problem! Actually, Steve was once again a really big help. He wields all the tools with consummate skill, I must say.

We spent part of the weekend and yesterday putting up electrical conduit. I’m going to suspend the art in the James Street Gallery from it using picture hanging wire, braces and STAS picture hooks. Sweet!

A big thank you to my friend Liz for giving me the idea to do it this way. It’s saving me a ton of money and it’s going to look pretty cool.

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red wing blackbird silhouette painting

So it begins!

New project!

This summer I’ve decided I want to learn to paint with acrylics. So, as I’ve done before here and here, I’m committing to painting a small acrylic painting every day for the next 100 days. At the end of that time I hope to be more comfortable painting in acrylic and to have a bunch of work to show for my efforts.

Unlike my previous projects, I don’t entirely know what I’ll be concentrating on as far as subject matter goes. Right now I figure I’ll paint whatever subject appeals to me in the moment, concentrating on technique and composition rather than say, landscapes or portraits.

Today’s painting is based on a video tutorial that I watched this morning. The tutorial was about making a dark to light background and featured a bird and some branches in silhouette. It used just two colors—black and white—to make it easier for a novice (that would be me!) to get the hang of blending and simple enough that I would have a nice painting at the end.

I was inspired by the idea of a bird and also the graduated background. But of course I had to mix it up a little bit. Two colors? Nah. How about four?

See, I love to get up before the sun and watch it coloring the sky orange and gold and shining through the trees, so I decided to make my background reflect the color of the sky from this morning. So I needed red and yellow for that. For the bird I picked a red winged blackbird because they have so much personality and they’re everywhere around here. Plus, they have lovely red and yellow epaulettes on their shoulders, so I thought that would be perfect with my peachy background.

Here’s today’s effort:

red wing blackbird silhouette painting
001 Red Winged Blackbird, 6×6″ acrylic on canvas. ©2018 Marie Marfia.

001 Red Winged Blackbird, 6×6″ acrylic on canvas. ©2018 Marie Marfia.

Fear not, I am not giving up on pastels! I will continue to work with them because I love doing it. But it’s always good to shake things up if you possibly can, try something new. Keeps me thinking creatively, and who doesn’t need more of that?

I’ll be posting them here on my blog, so if you’d like to keep track of my progress, please bookmark this page and come back often. Or come and visit me in Ludington, Michigan. I have a new exhibit space next to the Bonafide Gallery called James St. Gallery and I’ll be hanging these paintings there all summer. Hope to see you soon!

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pastel of a landscape in the Julington Durbin Preserve

Day at the Shop

pastel of a landscape in the Julington Durbin Preserve

Day at the Shop, 5×7″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia. $75, unframed. Contact me to purchase.

Last Sunday was a good day to be at the Attic. There were a lot of people coming in with their kids to look at the Fletcher Middle School artwork—jellyfish, portraits and sculptures hanging from the ceilings, on the walls, and along the perimeter of the room. Some of the kids weren’t crazy about having their pictures taken in front of their creations, but were persuaded that it was for their mom, so that made it all right.

Towards the middle of the day, a pair of sisters came in wearing pretty hats and with flushed cheeks and snappy repartee (“We had wine with our lunch today!”) and bought three skelly greeting cards. That, and a bracelet of Bonnie Beaver’s (beautiful earth tone glass beads with a tiny gold heart clasp) were the sum total in sales for the day.

I don’t mind when it’s not busy. I like to talk to the people who come in to browse, or who ask about how they might become one of the artists there. And it gives me a chance to work on a pastel in between posting to Facebook and sweeping, dusting and wiping off the table and chairs out front.

I did this pastel just before packing up all my stuff to leave. I chose from colors that I used while working on “Ground-skel,” my parody of Edward Hopper’s classic painting.


Yellow Bikini

I painted this last week, while I was working my shift at The Attic. I liked the contrast between the woman’s dark skin and the bright bikini and really, really liked both against the cool blues of the water. She was so relaxed, sitting in the surf and letting the waves wash over her. I think I was wearing shorts or jeans or something and I remember feeling a little jealous. Why wasn’t I sitting in the water like her?

woman sitting on the beach in a yellow bikini

Yellow Bikini, 6×9″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a woman on the beach

Yellow Bikini, matted and framed, $269.

Yellow Bikini, 6×9″ pastel on paper, matted and framed, $269.


Yellow Cup*

pastel painting of a yellow cup

Yellow Cup, 5×7″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia. $60.

pastel painting of a yellow cup

Yellow Cup, detail, 5×7″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia. $60.

pastel painting of a yellow cup

Yellow Cup, detail, 5×7″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia. $60.

I am a friend to this yellow cup. I have glued the handle back on it, once, and if it ever breaks again, which it most assuredly will, what doesn’t? then I will have to decide whether to invest in glue and patience one more time or say goodbye to it. I wish it wasn’t yellow.

I bought it in Seagrove, NC, shopping the pottery studios with my sister. I liked the texture of it, the way the handle filled my hand, the not quite perfect O shape of the mouth, how it sat solidly on the surface, secure, steady, not going anywhere.

I liked the pattern on it, leaves going every which way, like crazy, impossible dance steps. I liked the drips in the glaze along the lip, like I’d already dribbled Bailey’s flavored coffee down the sides.

I bought it because all the things I loved about it out-weighed the one thing I didn’t, and I made my decision in a heartbeat. So yes, if it breaks again, which it must, because everything breaks, I will do my best to repair it.

I just wish it wasn’t yellow.

*This piece of writing was done as an exercise from the book, “Writing Down the Bones,” by Natalie Goldberg, which I highly recommend.